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Honolulu Animal Behaviorists

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Walk n' Wag
from 18 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Chris H.
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We have had Elva walk our 8 month old puppy three times. Excellent service and our dog loves her too. I recommend Elva to anyone in need of a dog walker!

Operation Purple Paws, LLC
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Peggy A.
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My dogs bark uncontrollably whenever they hear a delivery truck or the mail truck. It's even worse if we have a delivery to our door and whenever we have visitors. Gayle came over and within minutes had my alpha dog calmed down and looking to me as the alpha person. She went over a few other things that concerned me and took the time to explain why my dogs were behaving the way they did. She not only helped me to learn the correction methods but also helped me to understand why they were done a certain way. She is extremely knowledgeable about dog behavior and psychology. I really appreciate that she is so open about training and so willing to share her wealth of knowledge. I recommend Gayle to anyone who wants success in their training session. Thank you Gayle for an extremely pleasant learning experience.

  • 4 years in business

Hi! I'm Michelle, and I help train, play, clean and walk all animals under 150 pounds (or else they will get too strong). I would like to help you with any animal-related problem you may have.


Voted Best Dog Trainer by Honolulu Magazine 2009! We're offering our signature puppy classes for young puppies and our Canine Kids class for older puppies and young adult dogs. We also have Canine Good Citizen, Tricks, Reliable Recall, and Wonderful Walks classes. Private consultations that address the entire range of behavioral problems and obedience concerns are custom tailored to your individual dog, the problem(s), and your family. Wendy Mah M.A., CPDT, is Hawaii's first applied animal behaviorist and certified pet dog trainer and founder of Sirius Puppy Training in Hawaii. She is the first to bring a totally positive comprehensive dog training program to the state. She has her Master's degree in Animal Learning and Psychology, is a professional charter member of Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and a member of the Animal Behavior Society and Hawaii State Veterinary Examiners Board.


I have 3 years experience in Carpentry and Moving/Installing. No job is too big. Patience and preserve so the job gets done correctly and efficently. Mahalo for taking your time to read.

  • 4 years in business

My work is sincere and I always want to help.

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How old should a puppy be for training?

Dog training shouldn’t wait until you’re having behavior problems. If you get a new puppy, start from the beginning with professional training to give both you and your puppy the tools you need for a healthy relationship. Dog training is as much about teaching the owner how to interact with their new dog as it is about the dog learning to behave. Puppy training can start as early as eight weeks old. Trainers who offer puppy training programs may works specifically with dogs between the ages of 8 and 18 weeks old. Trainers can teach owners about potty training and how to deal with accidents, working with separation anxiety, and training your pooch out of destructive behaviors like chewing, biting and demand barking. Puppies will start to learn to walk on-leash and other basic skills.

In addition to behavior training, socializing your puppy is an important part of dog training. Socializing your dog means they become comfortable and confident in a variety of settings and have a great foundation for becoming a well-adjusted adult dog. After your puppy has had the proper vaccinations, you can start to introduce it to a variety of different dogs and people in safe settings.

Which dog training method is best?

The best type of dog training for both you and your dog depends on the outcomes you hope to achieve. If you want your dog to learn agility training, go to someone who specializes in those techniques. Regardless of whether you want your dog to learn basic behavior or competitive-level tricks, the majority of dog training is actually about training the owner how to communicate with their dog. Most professional dog trainers agree that a model of training based on positive reinforcement breeds a happy, healthy, well-adjusted dog. The alternative to positive reinforcement training is using force or aggression techniques like physical punishment or shock-collar training to get the dog to do (or not do) a behavior. While the dog may learn how to behavior as you direct, it is also learning to communicate with force and aggression, and will in turn use those behaviors on other dogs (or people) that are smaller or weaker than it is. Before signing up with a dog trainer, meet with the trainer and ask for references. Watch the trainer interact with your dog, and make sure they treat your dog with patience and firm kindness. Ask them questions about their training methods:

  • What type of training methods do you use?
  • What is your background and training, and how did you become a dog trainer?
  • How long do you expect that we will work together before we achieve the results I’m after?

How long does it take to train a puppy?

Dog training depends on the dog and how much homework the dog owner is willing to put in. Puppy training is similar to dog training in that the onus of the work depends on the owner learning new ways to interact with their dog. For a quick crash course, you can opt for a single, two hour smart-start puppy training consultation to teach you the ins and outs of being a new dog parent. You can learn how to manage potty training and what to do if the puppy experiences separation anxiety. As long as you’re willing to work on dog training a little bit each day, your puppy will quickly learn these new behaviors. If you’re not confident about training your puppy yourself, you can enroll in a 6- to 8-week puppy training course, with weekly lessons touching on everything from bite control to obedience. Puppies usually need to be at least three months old for group training classes. If you want more intensive one-on-one work, you can opt for private lessons. Some behavior problems can be resolved in one session if the dog owner learns and can implement new skills. In the case of more serious issues, 3 to 10 private sessions can typically correct challenges.

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